Monday, November 1, 2010

Message from Debbie Klem, PCUS Board Chair

This is the 3rd in a three part series from our Board Chair, Mrs. Debbie Klem, from the devotions shared with the Board in August 2010.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Luke 18:27

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I know we do have the mindset of being dependent on God. But, this was a new way of reinforcing that dependence and trust for me. God tells us, “Do not be afraid”. We need to have full confidence in God as the multiplier of our faith and our sacrifice. In the story of the servants one difference between the servants was the way they spelled “F-A-I-T-H.” The first two spelled it “T-R-U-S-T” and “R-I-S-K.” (The first bought and sold in the market and doubled his five talents. The second invested the talents and also doubled the two he was given.) This risk was not blind trust, but trust in God. The third servant spelled “F-E-A-R” – the fear of losing the little he had.

We know that each of us have received certain gifts from God and those things tend to come easily to us, but God often stretches us just outside of that giftedness so that we have to trust Him to multiply our weakness to return His strength. I can easily feel that I don’t bring much to the table of this Board to offer in service. I don’t feel that I’m a leader, I’m not very charismatic, I don’t know affluent donors for the school, I’m seriously lacking public speaking skills. And when I hear myself saying these things, it rings reminiscent in my ears of Moses’ responses to God. God assures Moses that He will be with him and then He asks Moses the question, “Moses, what is that in your hand?” All that was in Moses’ hand was a staff, but that simple staff once multiplied by God’s power equaled many miracles.

We’ve got great work ahead of us and I personally feel inadequate to accomplish the task. I’d like to challenge each of us to admit where we feel like we are not able to accomplish what we need to. Let’s take these areas, admit them to God and then simply offer them to him in exchange for what he will do personally and corporately.

What I am is God’s gift to me, but what I do with that gift is my gift to Him. I would like us to hold to the vision of becoming a school of excellence. The greatest threat to the Kingdom of God is a passionless people. Let’s approach our tasks on this Board with the passion that comes from seeing him take our weakness and change it. We are not dependent on outside resources, we are dependent on God. Let’s claim His promises, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak,” “What is impossible with men is possible with God” and “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s strength may rest on me.”
Is. 40:29, Luke 18:27, 2 Cor. 12:9

1 comment:

  1. Debbie,

    Thank you for the encouraging words today--a message I think God intended just for me.

    Thanks again.


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